Some people have a preference for cooking with a gas oven rather than an electric oven. Obviously gas can be potentially hazardous if it is not used in the proper way, just as electricity can. You would of course get a professional Gas Safe-registered workman to come out and install your gas oven before you use it, since this complies with the law and ensures the installation is done in a safe manner. This alone will vastly reduce the odds of a gas oven explosion occurring.
There have been isolated cases where an explosion has occurred that has been caused by a fault with the gas oven itself. While this is rare it can potentially happen, and if it does you might find you are caught in a serious explosion in your home.
What could happen if an explosion did occur?
There are all kinds of things that might happen in these circumstances. For example you could end up being blown quite a distance if you are near the oven when it explodes. Even if you are out of the room you could end up being hurt by shrapnel from the oven or from other things as they are damaged and blown apart by the force of the gas oven explosion.
Clearly there is a chance that serious injuries could be suffered by someone who finds themselves in this situation. Thankfully it would be a rarity indeed, but that doesn’t help you if you have already lived through a similar experience.
Finding out whether the oven was faulty
An investigation into the cause of the problem will always be conducted when an explosion of this type occurs. There is the chance you and perhaps other members of your family might suffer injuries as a result of the explosion, and these would need treatment. While some instances may only result in minor injuries – if the people involved are lucky – other instances could mean far more serious injuries could occur.
Whatever injuries you have suffered, if there is proof the installation was below-par or the gas oven itself was sold to you in a substandard or faulty condition, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help. Make sure you contact us as soon as possible on 0800 689 0500 to make sure you can get the no-obligation advice you require. It’s one free phone call.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead